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Police officer says Elderts was killed by second of three gunshots

By Ken Kobayashi

LAST UPDATED: 6:18 p.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

A retired Honolulu police detective testified today that the Kollin Elderts was killed by the second of three gunshots fired by State Department special agent Christopher Deedy.

Theodore Coons testified that he believed it was the second shot that was fatal based on the circumstances that included Deedy’s shirt covered by Elderts’ blood. Coons said he didn’t think that much blood would have ended up on the agent if the third and final shot was the fatal one.

The defense contends that Elderts was killed by the third shot fired by the agent, who was trying to ward off an attack by Elderts.

Coons testified in the 14th day of Deedy’s trial on a charge of murdering Elderts the early morning of Nov. 5, 2011 at the McDonald’s Kuhio Avenue restaurant.

He is the final witness in the prosecution’s case before the defense starts putting on its case as early as Thursday.

Deedy, 29, of Arlington, Va., was here to provide security at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. The prosecution is alleging Deedy was fueled by alcohol and inexperience in shooting the unarmed Kailua resident, while the defense contends Deedy fired in self defense.

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